Learn English – Podcast: Turn left at the first set of traffic lights and you’ll see it on the left-hand side of the street.

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Today’s sentence Hi, how are you today? A long sentence today… Turn left at the first set of traffic lights and you’ll see it on the left-hand side of the street. Notes Turn left: note – yesterday we said “take the second on the left. We don’t say “Turn on the left.” At the first set of traffic lights – when you arrive at the first traffic lights you come to (traffic lights are the red, orange and green lights at crossroads.) Set of = group of lights – remember there are lots of lights at a crossroad. You’ll see it = you will see it. On the left-hand side of the street. you could just say “on the left.” More tips on giving and understanding directions tomorrow. Bye! Search Linguagum for more English tips, check out our very useful links and our shop! And please, tell us what you think of us! Text and audio © linguagum.com 2006-2008 Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Could you just hold on for a second?

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Today’s sentence Hello – how are you today? Here’s another sentence in the series on common time expressions. Could you just hold on for a second? Notes Well, here’s another way of saying, “please wait. I’m busy.” Hold on means the same as hang on. Both mean wait. It’s quite informal, but it’s also polite. Using the form could…? makes it a polite request. Sometimes, if you are on the telephone and the operator asks you to wait, you will hear “will / would / could you hold for a second / a moment?” For some reason we use hold with telephones, not hold on. It means the same thing, though. Hope that was useful. We’ll look at the last expression in this series tomorrow. Bye for now! Search Linguagum for more English tips, check out our very useful links and our shop! And please, tell us what you think of us! Text and audio © linguagum.com 2006-2008 Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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Today’s sentence Hello! How are things? Here’s the latest in the series on money expressions. Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know. Notes Do you remember yesterday’s sentence? “I’m not made of money.” It means, “I don’t have much money.” This is quite similar. Again, let’s look at an example. Son: Dad, can I have some money to go to the cinema? Father: How much do you need? Son: £30 should be enough. Father: £30?! Here’s ten. Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know. It means: “money isn’t free. I don’t have a limitless supply of money.” OK, that’s all for today. We’ll look at another one tomorrow. Bye for now. Search Linguagum for more English tips, check out our very useful links and our shop! And please, tell us what you think of us! Text and audio © linguagum.com 2006-2008 Less

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Learn English – Podcast: I can fit you in at 10.30 on Tuesday morning. Is that suitable for you?

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Today’s sentence Welcome back. This is a reply to yesterday’s request. I can fit you in at 10.30 on Tuesday morning. Is that suitable for you? Notes Do you remember yesterday’s sentence? “I’d like to make an appointment to see Dr. Jones, please.” The secretary replies: “I can fit you in at…” This means that s/he can see from the diary that Dr. Jones is free at 10.30. Is that suitable for you? Is that a good time for you? Can you come here at that time? You could also ask, “Does that suit you?” Tomorrow we’ll look at a possible answer to the secretary’s question. Bye for now! Search Linguagum for more English tips, check out our very useful links and our shop! And please, tell us what you think of us! Text and audio © linguagum.com 2006-2008 Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Put the kettle on.

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Today’s sentence Hi – here’s the latest in the series on cooking. Put the kettle on. Notes This is definitely the most common thing you will ever hear in any English kitchen. This is essential English! A kettle is something which you use to boil water. These days they are generally electric but you can also have a kettle which you put on the cooker to boil the water. Put the kettle on means fill the kettle with water and boil it. It is said so often because in England we all drink ridiculous quantities of tea! Hope that was useful. We’ll look at another one tomorrow. Bye! Search Linguagum for more English tips, check out our very useful links and our shop! And please, tell us what you think of us! Text and audio © linguagum.com 2006-2008 Less

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Learn English – Podcast: I’m afraid I won’t be able to make that. Do you have anything available later on?

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Today’s sentence Hi, welcome back. This is a reply to yesterday’s question. I’m afraid I won’t be able to make that. Do you have anything available later on? Notes You can’t go to the doctor’s at 10.30 but you can go later in the day. I’m afraid = I’m sorry. It’s a strange expression. What are you afraid of? Nothing. I won’t be able = the future of I can’t. You can say, “I’m afraid I can’t make that,” too. Make that. = arrive at that time. E.g. I made it to the airport just in time = I arrived at the airport… Anything available – another time I can go / is the doctor free at another time. Later on = later. Later on means the same thing. People say it a lot but it’s not necessary. Another doctor / dentist / bank manager telephone sentence tomorrow. Bye! Search Linguagum for more English tips, check out our very useful links and our shop! And please, tell us what you think of us! Text and audio © linguagum.com 2006-2008 Less

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